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Examining the push to get kids starting school strong.
September 11, 2017
For a struggling Colorado school district, full-day preschool — and the unusual way it’s paid for — shows promise
Promising first-year results from a study of full-day preschool in Westminster Public Schools have stoked optimism about a new financing mechanism officials are testing.
August 17, 2017
Tennessee wants to boost third-grade literacy. Here’s why it’s looking to early childhood education as the answer.
Tennessee has been waging war on illiteracy for years but is increasingly zeroing in on early childhood ed as the best platform for boosting children’s reading skills.
(Very) early education
August 15, 2017
Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths
The Guttman Center wants to help child care providers solve problems and improve their care.
August 8, 2017
Reading, writing and soap suds: The unusual new program that teaches kids while their parents do the wash
As educators increasingly recognize that teaching children during traditional school hours is simply not enough, Libraries Without Borders and its local partners have been experimenting with bringing literacy programs to places like laundromats.
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
July 28, 2017
It’s hard to find qualified early childhood teachers. Here’s what one Denver provider is doing about it.
Child care centers across Colorado have a hard time finding qualified staff. A new effort by one Denver provider aims to help remedy the problem.
3-K for All
July 27, 2017
New York City has sent its first offer letters for 3-K for All. Here’s a look at the new pre-K initiative by the numbers.
Today was a milestone in New York City’s effort to make free, full-day pre-K available to 3-year-olds: The first round of offer letters went out…
3-K for All
July 18, 2017
New York City’s 3-K For All preschool program starts this fall. Here are five things we know so far.
It's starting small, charter schools can't participate, and options are limited for families looking for accessible buildings.
July 14, 2017
Why a Colorado researcher believes preschool students should learn — and play — with math
Doug Clements, executive director of DU’s Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, says early math instruction is a gateway to later academic success.
July 13, 2017
Who is that giving advice to parents of young children? Why, it’s a lead singer of the Flobots.
A lead singer for the Flobots, a popular Denver hip-hop group, stars in a new series of videos meant to help parents give their young children a strong start.
July 11, 2017
Colorado highlighted in national report on easing transition from preschool to kindergarten
When kids arrive in kindergarten, teachers often lack essential information about how they’re doing. Can they take turns? Do they know their letters? Are they…
July 7, 2017
Closure of Clayton Early Learning center in far northeast Denver exposes pain points in early childhood care
Last week's announcement that a highly regarded Denver child care provider is closing one site stems from the chronic underfunding of early childhood programs, experts say.
Updated June 30, 2017
Families scramble as highly regarded Clayton Early Learning closes center, limits program eligibility
Clayton Early Learning will close its far northeast center and cease to provide programming for tuition-paying families and families receiving a state childcare subsidy.
Paying for pre-K
June 29, 2017
With clock ticking on federal pre-K grant, districts in Shelby County and Nashville explore next steps
Tennessee's $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in five districts will dry up in 2019.
June 16, 2017
Threats, attacks and thrown chairs: DPS fields concerns about effort to reduce early childhood suspensions
Denver Public Schools educators detail threats and attacks by explosive young students as district officials consider a new early childhood discipline policy.
The haves and have-nots
June 14, 2017
How generous private donations have created a tale of two pre-Ks in Detroit
The tale of two pre-Ks at the Carver STEM Academy is a problem well known in high-poverty school districts like Detroit that rely on the generosity of corporate and philanthropic donations to pick up where government resources leave off.
An early promise
June 12, 2017
Gubernatorial candidate Jared Polis wants to make preschool and full-day kindergarten free. That could prove tough.
Congressman Jared Polis is the latest Democrat with deep ties to the state’s education community to announce his bid for Colorado governor.
June 12, 2017
A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more
Why do some early childhood programs produce big benefits for students, but others don’t? It may have a lot to do with money.
join the club
June 7, 2017
These 15 Indiana counties can now join the state’s effort to pay for preschool for poor 4-year-olds
Allen, Jackson, Lake, Marion and Vanderburgh counties will continue to participate.
June 6, 2017
New York City is finally releasing its school diversity plan. Here’s what it says about pre-K and middle school admissions
Whether either change will lead to significant integration is an open question.
May 31, 2017
For the first time, Tennessee awards pre-K funding based on quality, not quantity
The awards will go to nearly 95 percent of Tennessee's 146 districts to serve at-risk 4-year-olds.
May 25, 2017
Meet Colorado’s resident expert on early childhood mental health
Colorado's director of early childhood mental health talks about her background and how the state is helping parents and child care providers when kids act out.
May 24, 2017
Colorado gets good marks on preschool access for 3-year-olds, not so much on funding
While Colorado is near the back of the pack for preschool funding, it gets high marks for offering preschool access to the state’s 3-year-olds, according to a new report.
digging into discipline
May 19, 2017
Jeffco Public Schools suspended an average of four young students a day last year — and district officials are paying attention
Jeffco Public Schools, Colorado's second largest school district, hands out many more suspensions to early elementary students than most other large districts.
(Very) early education
May 16, 2017
With a major but little-noticed move, New York City signals that learning starts at birth
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans last month to extend pre-K to 3-year-olds, a massive expansion of his popular Pre-K for All program. But…
May 16, 2017
Amid Colorado’s push to get child care providers to seek higher ratings, some say, ‘No thanks’
Some child care providers say earning higher marks on Colorado's quality rating scale takes time and money they don't have — and won't benefit them anyway.
May 12, 2017
Colorado schools were a hot topic at the state Capitol this year. Here’s what lawmakers did.
Colorado lawmakers this week are celebrating major education-related policy wins, including finding more money for public schools. This year’s legislative session, which ended Wednesday,…
May 8, 2017
Lawmakers want more research before they spend big on preschool. When it comes to vouchers, there’s no such hesitation.
Both issues were heavily debated in the recent legislative session.
May 2, 2017
New York City’s Pre-K for All recognized among top ‘Innovations in American Government’
An arm of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the recognition.
Nearing the finish line
April 20, 2017
New preschool compromise plan would add 15 counties, expand voucher access
Lawmakers have arrived at a tentative compromise for how to expand Indiana’s preschool program, and it includes controversial proposals to expand vouchers and…
April 20, 2017
How Colorado is trying to boost access to quality child care for poor kids
Even with recent changes to Colorado's $86 million child care subsidy programs, low-income children still don't have access to the same quality care wealthier kids do.
April 18, 2017
McQueen wants to prevent non-tested early grades from becoming a dumping ground for weaker teachers
Tennessee's education commissioner says a new teacher evaluation system for lower grades should help strengthen the quality of the state's early instruction.
April 17, 2017
Landmark school discipline reform legislation killed by Republicans on Colorado Senate panel
A bipartisan attempt to reform how Colorado schools discipline their youngest students died Monday, even after the bill’s sponsors offered amendments to placate rural school…
April 7, 2017
When high schoolers are parents, parent-teacher conferences are a three-generation affair
New York City's LYFE centers, which help students who are already parents, have developed an unconventional model for parent-teacher conferences.
Give a little - take a little
April 6, 2017
Colorado lawmakers reach compromise on reading test controversy
A years-long controversy over what language Colorado schools should use to test the reading skills of young English language learners appears to be over.
April 6, 2017
How a computer program designed for home-based preschool in Utah could get a piece of Indiana’s education budget
Upstart, a software program developed by the Utah Department of Education and the nonprofit Waterford, is at the center of the proposal.
April 4, 2017
It seemed like a sure thing. Now a Colorado bill limiting early childhood suspensions and expulsions is on life support.
Legislation that supporters hoped would significantly limit suspensions and expulsions for Colorado’s youngest students has hit what could be a fatal roadblock.
April 3, 2017
Push for major preschool expansion increasingly unlikely to go through in Indiana
Gov. Eric Holcomb reiterated on Friday his support for doubling state dollars for Indiana’s preschool program.
March 24, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers vote to leave pre-K alone this year
State lawmakers turn back a bill that would have allowed some districts to spend their state pre-K money elsewhere.
March 15, 2017
Denver Public Schools takes strong stand against suspension and expulsion in early grades
Denver Public Schools announced plans Wednesday to eliminate suspensions and expulsions for preschool through third grade students except in the most serious incidents.
March 9, 2017
Why boosting mental health for the youngest children is attracting federal — and private — investment
Intense interest in a federally funded project to promote early childhood mental health inspired an unusual effort by private funders in Colorado to replicate the program.
March 3, 2017
READ Act reform bill advances with full support from Colorado House
If this bill becomes law, districts that test English learners in Spanish would not be required to monitor the students in English.
March 2, 2017
Colorado could be at the forefront in cutting back on early childhood suspensions and expulsions. Here’s how.
A proposed state law would limit out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for Colorado preschool and early elementary students.
spread the word
February 28, 2017
How storytelling is giving voice to a small part of the early childhood workforce — men
In their own words, the men described the journeys that led them to work in the early childhood field — as teachers, counselors, coaches and…
February 27, 2017
Lawmakers take first step to ease testing burden for young English language learners
If the bill becomes law, it would overrule a decision by the State Board of Education last year that required testing such students at least once in English.
February 27, 2017
Tennessee’s pre-K wasn’t working, a 2015 study found. Now the state is putting new focus on teaching.
Catalyzed by a landmark study showing its public prekindergarten programs are ineffective, the Tennessee Department of Education is overhauling its program.
February 21, 2017
Full-day kindergarten among possible budget cuts in Aurora
Aurora Public Schools must cut about $31 million from their budget for the 2017-18 school year and one of the many options is cutting kindergarten to half day.
February 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs as…
February 9, 2017
Memphis is about to open a major pre-K center. Advocates hope it’s just the start.
Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open Friday as the first of its kind in Memphis.
February 7, 2017
A key preschool proposal has moved closer to becoming law, but House Republicans and Democrats aren’t happy vouchers would be part of the deal
Although some Republican lawmakers said they were conflicted, a key preschool proposal — which includes controversial voucher provisions — passed the full House today.
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